THE 355

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Simon Kingberg Stars: Jessica Chastain, Diane Kruger, Penelope Cruz, Lupita Nyong'o, Bingbing Fan, Sebastian Stan, Edgar Ramirez, Jason Flemyng, Pablo Scola, John Douglas Thomas. Mission: Bland?  A healthy suspension of disbelief is required for this female centric globetrotting action spy thriller that delivers a high body count and plenty of twists and turns. It will remind many of the recent superior female centric action film Gunpowder Milkshake.  The 355 centres around a mysterious technical Continue reading

LICORICE PIZZA

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Paul Thomas Anderson Stars: Cooper Hoffman, Alana Haim, Bradley Cooper, Sean Penn, Benny Safdie, Maya Rudolph, John Michael Higgins, John C Reilly, Tom Waits, Will Angarola, Milo Herschlag, Skyler Gisondo, Christine Ebersole, Joseph Cross. The new film from auteur Paul Thomas Anderson (Boogie Nights, There Will Be Blood, etc) is a coming-of-age comedy/romance set in a sun-drenched Los Angeles circa 1973 and steeped in the music and pop cultural icons of the 70s. The film has been loosely based on the life and exploits of Continue reading

THE KING’S MAN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Matthew Vaughn Stars: Ralph Fiennes, Harris Dickinson, Gemma Arterton, Rhys Ifans, Charles Dance, Tom Hollander, Djimon Hounsou, Matthew Goode, Daniel Bruhl, Alexandra Maria Lara, Valerie Pachner, Todd Boyce, August Diehl, Ian Kelly, Aaron Taylor-Johnson. Matthew Vaughn gleefully rewrites the history of WWI with this totally bonkers and tonally uneven spy caper that is a prequel to his 2014 action drama Kingsman: The Secret Service. That film introduced us to a private intelligence service established because some things were too Continue reading

HOUSE OF GUCCI

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Ridley Scott Stars: Lady Gaga, Adam Driver, Al Pacino, Jared Leto, Jeremy Irons, Salma Hayek, Jack Huston, Reeve Carney, Camille Cottin. Trashy melodrama about the downfall of the luxury fashion house of Gucci.   In March 1995 Maurizio Gucci, the CEO of the famous fashion house, was shot dead on the steps outside his Milan office by a couple of assassins hired by his estranged wife and her tv psychic and spiritual advisor. Prolific filmmaker Ridley Scott gives us a detailed forensic examination of the events leading up to this Continue reading

DELICIOUS

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Eric Besnard Stars: Gregory Gadebois, Isabelle Carre, Lorenzo Lefebvre, Benjamin Lavernhe. No-one makes foodie films quite like the French, and Delicious is certainly not a film to see on an empty stomach.   Set in France on the eve of the revolution, this drama mixes fact and fiction to tell the story of the creation of the first first French restaurant that catered to travellers. At that time haute cuisine cooking was the preserve of the wealthy. Only the nobles ate well with lavishly prepared meals from their Continue reading